What is Satellite TV

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Duh, am I hearing you correctly? What is Satellite TV? Where have you been living, in a cave? Actually, scrap that ‘cos I know somebody who used to live in a cave in Spain and they had Satellite TV, (and a real live waterfall in the bathroom which has got nothing to do with Satellite TV but it sure was pretty), anyway, even living in a cave ain’t no excuse for not knowing about Satellite television.

Satellite TV is simply a television broadcasting service which allows people who subscribe to their service to receive satellite TV signals via a satellite dish, which is usually placed either on the roof of their house, on the wall or maybe even floor mounted. When Satellite TV was first on the market these satellite dishes were very large, very bulky, very heavy, very expensive, very complicated . . . anyway, you had to place your satellite dish on the ground somewhere, it could take up almost the entire yard and block the sun from your windows leaving your living room in permanent shadow, the price some people were willing to pay for satellite TV. Anyway, these days the dishes are much smaller, much lighter and much more affordable, which is why satellite TV has revolutionized the way we watch television these days, and is continuing to do so.

How Has Satellite TV Improved Over The Years

Lots of things get smaller as they get better, just think cell phones and computers for starters, and some things just get smaller as they get older, but not necessarily better (alright darling, keep your hair on, I’m not complaining, just stating a fact). Anyway, satellite TV has certainly improved over the years, and I’ll tell you a few reasons why;

  1. Size isn’t everything! Okay, we’ve already touched on this point, but the first satellite TV dishes measured around 8 feet across, had to be mounted on a concrete block and was in need of constant adjustment. These days a three foot satellite dish, light enough and small enough to be fixed to your house wall do the job just perfectly.
  2. In the beginning, you not only needed a satellite TV dish but you also needed a separate receiver for the video, one for the audio and a control box for adjusting your giant dish. These days just one small satellite receiver box does the lot.
  3. In the early days of satellite TV you had a choice of around 20 channels – max – no local channels were available – now, these days you can pick up hundreds of satellite channels from all around the world.
  4. Satellite television doesn’t just give you television channels any more, you can also get satellite radio . . . cool.
  5. Satellite TV has the technology to provide HD quality second to none . . . well, except Blu-Ray maybe.
  6. No more shelves full of technology boxes and a birds nest of wires and cables stuffed in the corner (not to mention plug overload) . . . the DVR is now integrated into the satellite receiver . . . all for one and one for all . . . where have I heard that before?
  7. You don’t even have to stay home to watch TV satellite programs these days, you can “sling” them around to wherever you have an internet connection . . . laptop, smartphone . . . you need never miss another episode of your favorite soap.
  8. I’ve saved possibly the best advancement in TV satellite technology until last – the price! Remember when it was only for the rich and privileged, well, they were the only ones who could afford the thousands of dollars worth of equipment, installation and subscriptions for satellite channels . . . these days you can have satellite TV in your home for around $20 per month, with the installation and equipment thrown in for nicks! Now that’s what I call progress.

What’s that? Free Satellite TV channels? Tell me more!


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